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Penningtons Manches Cooper

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James Klein

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Penningtons Manches Cooper

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Corporate, technology. Based in London and head of San Francisco office.


James is a partner in the London corporate team and the technology sector group, handling a wide spectrum of corporate finance transactions, including domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and reorganisations and joint ventures. He also advises on private equity transactions, acting for management teams and institutional houses and has advised on numerous mid-market private equity deals.

Historic and recent key clients include RocketSpace Inc, 500 Startups, Tate & Lyle Plc, Fujitsu-Siemens, National Grid plc, NASDAQ, Montagu Private Equity, Pearson, Brunswick Group, Yelp, K3 BTG PLC, and Scapa PLC. James has a particular focus on the technology sector where he has a number of key international and domestic technology clients. He leads Penningtons Manches’ digital business sector group and is head of the firm’s San Francisco office.


Trained DLA Piper; qualified 1998; trainee/solicitor/associate DLA Piper 1996 – 06; senior associate Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP 2006-07; partner Berwin Leighton Paisner 2007-10; partner Rosenblatt Solicitors 2010-11; partner Penningtons Solicitors LLP 2011 to date. Publications of note: featured in the Financier Worldwide with ‘2014 TalkingPoints’, ‘M&A in the tech sector: outlook for 2014’, ‘M&A in the tech sector’, and ‘2012 TalkingPoints’; interview for (2015) ‘UK Cleantech Innovators Seek US Opportunity’.


City of London School; London Guildhall University (1992 BA Hons Politics 2(1); 1993 MA Politics).

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

Within: M&A: smaller deals up to £50m

The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper specialises in the technology, real estate, life sciences, and fashion and luxury goods sectors, regularly acting for high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, owner-managed companies, investors and plcs. Among other highlights, practice head Matthew Martin advised the shareholders of Oscar Mayer Group on its sale to a new vehicle set up by a German private equity fund; Ross McNaughton acted for Klareco Communications on its separation from Bell Pottinger out of administration; senior associate Gemma Davis assisted Aprirose with the £70m acquisition of a portfolio of pubs from Mitchells & Butlers; and Christopher Owen advised NewsQuest Media Group on the acquisitions of news publishers in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight and Berkshire. Stephen Goldstraw, Melvin Pedro, James Klein (who practises in London and San Francisco) and consultant Teja Picton-Howell are also noted. Other key clients include All Saints Retail, Klareco Communications, OTAS Technologies, MRH and Inauthentic Restaurant Holdings.

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